Altoona Midway USD 387 School District Thu, 15 Nov 2012 22:26:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Veterans Day Tue, 13 Nov 2012 15:23:44 +0000 admin The Altoona- Midway High School National Honor Society hosted an assembly on November 12th, 2012 in honor of Veteran’s Day. The assembly started with the color guard, boy scouts Michael Carroll and Austin Sade assisted with this aspect of the program.

The people attending then said, “The Pledge of Allegiance”, led by the Chapter President Nichole LaCrone. Robert VanFossen then proceeded to play Taps with a trumpet performance. Tyler Stoldt shared about the history of Taps and introduced the veterans. The veterans spoke about what rank they attained, what years they were in, and what branch of the military they served in. “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood was played, along with a slide show honoring our veterans.

We had a presentation about Captain Milburn Apt, the reason the Altoona-Midway Middle and High Schools have the “Jet” as the mascot. For more information about Milburn, please see the link in the right column.

The veterans in attendance were: Melvin Eubanks from Chanute, Alan Weiser from Chanute, and Jene Beck from Chanute. Alan Weiser is the Agricultural Education Teacher at Altoona-Midway. After the program came to an end, the National Honor Society hosted a small reception for the veterans in the cafeteria. The members of the National Honor Society at Altoona-Midway High School include: President Nichole LaCrone, Vice-President Nikkita Almond, Secretary Ashley Caylor, Historian Skylar Morgan, StuCo Rep. Kayla Drybread, Lane Huffman, and Tyler Stoldt.

The main goal of the Veterans Day program was to honor the veterans in our community for all of the sacrifices they have made for our country. We have to remember freedom isn’t free. There are men and woman who risk their lives for our freedom everyday. And for that, we thank them.


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PTO Fall Festival Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:14:02 +0000 admin PTO FALL FESTIVAL
November 10, 2012

Meal starts at 5:00 p.m. Games start at 5:30 p.m. Come join the fun at Altoona-Midway Elementary School

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Phyllis Grover – Counselor Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:07:11 +0000 admin K-12 COUNSELOR’S CORNER

AMES Happenings

“Courage” is the character trait being emphasized in October. One aspect of courage is to build confidence. How can parents help with this? Encourage independence (in small increments) and extend a compliment when your child tries something new.

Learning to overcome fear is another component of courage. As kids’ cognitive abilities develop, they may start to be afraid of the dark, monsters, etc. How to help? Teach children to use words for their fears instead of being paralyzed by them. Harness their imaginations and help chase the monsters out from under the bed at night, etc.

Learning to face the unknown is the third aspect of courage. We all encounter the unexpected from time to time. Help your children by walking them through an upcoming event, familiarizing them with possible challenges and teaching ways to handle those challenges.

Hopefully, children learn to do the right thing, component number four, when confronted with choices. As children develop a sense of right/wrong, they are building the foundation for moral courage. How can parents help? Praise your children when they play with an unpopular child or when they stand up for someone who is being shunned or bullied.

Finally, number five is to set a good example. Do you respond calmly or do you panic when encountering various situations? Also, remember that when parents take a stand, even though it is unpopular, they are providing an example for kids to remember.

AMMS/HS Happenings

Dates To Note:

• College Planning Conference Oct. 30 @ Allen Community College

• PSAT – Oct. 17

• ASVAB – Oct. 23

• December ACT Registration – Deadline: Nov. 2

Scholarships To Check Out:

• Horatio Alger Scholarship – Deadline: Oct. 25

• Coca-Cola Scholars Program Deadline: Oct. 31

• Masonic Grand Lodge Scholarship Essay Contest – Deadline: Nov. 1

• Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship – Deadline: Dec. 7

• Youth Educational Scholarship Constitution Bee

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Judy Sims – October 2012 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 18:03:50 +0000 admin FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Dental screenings and requested treatments have been completed on all students. Hearing and vision have been completed for grades K-5. Grades 6-12 will be completed by the end of November. Scoliosis checks have been done on 5th grade girls. In November, 7th grade girls and 8th grade boys will be done.

Parents will receive results of all screenings in the elementary students’ grade cards. Results for grades 6-12 will be sent out when screenings are completed. If you have any questions you can contact me at the school on Tuesdays and Thursdays or at the Wilson County Health Department, 620-378-4455.

If your student receives a referral, it is important to follow up on it so your student can do their best at school. If your student receives a hearing referral, you can either see your doctor or the audiologist from Greenbush will come to the school at no charge. If you want the audiologist to see your student, sign the permission slip and return it to the school. If your student receives a vision referral, please make an appointment with an optometrist for further testing. Take the referral form with you and have them fill it out and return it to the school.

Safety Tip:

November 15, 2012, is the 37th “Great American Smoke Out”. Cigarette smoking is the major single cause of cancer in the United States. Tobacco use is responsible for 1 in 5 deaths in the United States. A survey in 2009 showed that 20% of students in high school smoke and a recent survey shows that 5% of middle schoolers smoke. Smoke from cigarettes (second hand smoke or environmental tobacco smoke) can cause harmful health effects on those exposed to it. Adults and children can have health problems from breathing tobacco smoke. Because cigarette smoke and tobacco use are activities people choose to do—smoking is the most preventable cause of death in our society.

Judy Sims

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September 2012 AMHS Top Gun Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:55:53 +0000 admin Tyler StoldtTyler Stoldt, son of Travis Stoldt and Heather Large, was recently chosen Top Gun.

He is a senior whose AMHS activities include Football, National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Scholar’s Bowl, Student Council President, Family Career Community Leaders of America President, school play, Boys Basketball Manager, and Worship Team member at Thayer Christian Church.

Teachers describe Tyler as someone who has taken on many extra-curricular responsibilities, looks for ways to improve the school, and shows lots of school spirit. After high school, Tyler plans to attend Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO to become a Worship Leader/Youth Minister.

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September 2012 AMMS Top Gun Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:52:31 +0000 admin Jamil PhillipsJamil Phillips, son of Karen Phillips of Altoona, was selected Middle School Top Gun by the AMMS/HS teaching staff.

He is a seventh grader whose school activities include Band, Choir, Basketball and Track. Teachers describe Jamil as a student who is prepared for class, has a good work ethic, and willingly participates in class discussions.

Jamil is undecided about his plans after high school.

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September 2012 Soaring Eagle – 3rd-5th Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:48:17 +0000 admin Alexis SpragueAlexis Sprague, a third grader, received the award because she is a conscientious worker and a serious thinker.

Alexis is also polite, friendly, and follows directions. In her free time she enjoys walking with friends. Alexis likes studying science and hopes to become a scientist one day.

Her parents are Chrystal Scherbarth and Vincent Sprague. Alexis resides in Altoona.

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September 2012 Soaring Eagle – K-2nd Wed, 31 Oct 2012 17:40:48 +0000 admin Jacob MeigsK-2nd Grade

First grader, Jacob Meigs, was selected as a Soaring Eagle because he’s courteous, respectful, attentive, and exceeds classroom expectations.

Jacob is also an excellent role model and is a good friend to everyone. His favorite subject is science. At home, when he has leisure time, Jacob enjoys riding dirt bikes. Jacob is the son of Josh and Jennifer Meigs of Benedict.

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Check Please Fri, 26 Oct 2012 18:36:12 +0000 admin Altoona Midway HS Theater Presents “Check Please” on November 9th at 7pm.

The Cast List Includes: Cadin Secrest, Darshawna Lour, Kyle Anderson, Peyton Fiene, Gabby Miranda, Brittney Reilly, Ashley Caylor, Israel Miranda, Tyler Stoldt, Sadie Stoldt, Robert Vanfossen, Nikki Almond, Nichole LaCrone, Leandro Nogueira

Adults: $4
Students: $2




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Senior Night – Volleyball Fri, 19 Oct 2012 19:42:39 +0000 admin AMHS_Vball_SrNightYearbook_041

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